Florida Senate - 2020 SJR 396 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00407-20 2020396__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 6 3 of Article XI of the State Constitution to require 4 that any proposals to revise the State Constitution, 5 or any part thereof, filed by the Taxation and Budget 6 Reform Commission be limited to a single subject. 7 8 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 That the following amendment to Section 6 of Article XI of 11 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 12 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 13 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 14 authorized by law for that purpose: 15 ARTICLE XI 16 AMENDMENTS 17 SECTION 6. Taxation and budget reform commission.— 18 (a) Beginning in 2007 and each twentieth year thereafter, 19 there shall be established a taxation and budget reform 20 commission composed of the following members: 21 (1) eleven members selected by the governor, none of whom 22 shall be a member of the legislature at the time of appointment. 23 (2) seven members selected by the speaker of the house of 24 representatives and seven members selected by the president of 25 the senate, none of whom shall be a member of the legislature at 26 the time of appointment. 27 (3) four non-voting ex officio members, all of whom shall 28 be members of the legislature at the time of appointment. Two of 29 these members, one of whom shall be a member of the minority 30 party in the house of representatives, shall be selected by the 31 speaker of the house of representatives, and two of these 32 members, one of whom shall be a member of the minority party in 33 the senate, shall be selected by the president of the senate. 34 (b) Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be 35 filled in the same manner as the original appointments. 36 (c) At its initial meeting, the members of the commission 37 shall elect a member who is not a member of the legislature to 38 serve as chair and the commission shall adopt its rules of 39 procedure. Thereafter, the commission shall convene at the call 40 of the chair. An affirmative vote of two thirds of the full 41 commission shall be necessary for any revision of this 42 constitution or any part of it to be proposed by the commission. 43 (d) The commission shall examine the state budgetary 44 process, the revenue needs and expenditure processes of the 45 state, the appropriateness of the tax structure of the state, 46 and governmental productivity and efficiency; review policy as 47 it relates to the ability of state and local government to tax 48 and adequately fund governmental operations and capital 49 facilities required to meet the state’s needs during the next 50 twenty year period; determine methods favored by the citizens of 51 the state to fund the needs of the state, including alternative 52 methods for raising sufficient revenues for the needs of the 53 state; determine measures that could be instituted to 54 effectively gather funds from existing tax sources; examine 55 constitutional limitations on taxation and expenditures at the 56 state and local level; and review the state’s comprehensive 57 planning, budgeting and needs assessment processes to determine 58 whether the resulting information adequately supports a 59 strategic decisionmaking process. 60 (e) The commission shall hold public hearings as it deems 61 necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this section. 62 The commission shall issue a report of the results of the review 63 carried out, and propose to the legislature any recommended 64 statutory changes related to the taxation or budgetary laws of 65 the state. Not later than one hundred eighty days prior to the 66 general election in the second year following the year in which 67 the commission is established, the commission shall file with 68 the custodian of state records its proposal, if any, of a 69 revision of this constitution or any part of it dealing with 70 taxation or the state budgetary process. Any proposal of a 71 revision of this constitution, or any part thereof, filed by the 72 commission with the custodian of state records must embrace but 73 one subject and matter directly connected therewith. 74 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 75 placed on the ballot: 76 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 77 ARTICLE XI, SECTION 6 78 ESTABLISHING SINGLE-SUBJECT LIMITATION FOR TAXATION AND 79 BUDGET REFORM COMMISSION PROPOSALS.—Proposing an amendment to 80 the State Constitution to require that any proposal of a 81 revision to the State Constitution, or any part thereof, filed 82 by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission with the custodian 83 of state records for placement on the ballot be limited to a 84 single subject and matter directly connected to such subject.